Etihad Airways' Training Academy refurbished

Summertown Interiors completed the Abu Dhabi-based refurbishment works in a span of 14 weeks

Summertown Interiors has completed refurbishment works at Etihad Airways' Training Academy.
Summertown Interiors has completed refurbishment works at Etihad Airways' Training Academy.

Summertown Interiors announced it has completed the refurbishment of the Etihad Airways’ Training Academy in Abu Dhabi.

The contract was a high-specification project that took Summertown Interiors 14 weeks to deliver.

Key tasks included transforming ‘The Pilot’s Lounge’ to improve the appearance and functionality of the space, as well as modifying and upgrading the training classrooms, administration offices, pilot briefing rooms, the main reception, and bathroom areas.

Also included in the contract was the project's auxiliary video system, including the integration of the specialised custom-built lecterns with projection, audio, and lighting control for advanced classroom teaching methods.

Additionally, a rollout of new digital signage was programmed to give live updates for staff and visitors to ensure there is a continued smooth communication process across the facility.

Operations were also carried out on the 250m2 extension of the mezzanine floor to provide additional space for simulator and training equipment in the centre’s safety mock-up area.

The extension required the erection of a steel structure from the ground floor to the second floor, along with cast on in-situ concrete to create the extended floor space.

The project required a multi phased approach to ensure continuity of operations for Etihad Airways, which Summertown implemented through a 24-hour operational cycle across all three of the training centre’s floors.

Additionally, to ensure minimal disruption to the client, a separate contractor’s entrance was erected for the duration of the project.

Remarking on the project, Rami Nazzal, project manager at Summertown Interiors, said: "It was a pleasure to work on such a prestigious project.

"Our transparent approach to regular progress reporting and clear communication ensured that the project met the high-end quality expectations of the client." 

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